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A friend and I tried taking this for the first time. I was not prepared for all the flies. In short pants and no bug repellent. Stupid, probably, but I live nearby and have not needed insect repellent around here before. Couldn’t stop to catch your breath or take a picture without being eaten alive. Finally got so annoying we stop short of a top and went back. I will try it again when weather is different and flies gone!

Walked about 1/4 mile and came to a gate with a “No Trespassing” sign on it. Either this is an old trail and someone has bought the property, or I missed something. As an added bonus we were covered in ticks for or minimal time on the trail. I would not recommend wasting your time.

First part easy, second part flat, third part about as steep as you can get! Going up is easy, coming down is slippery. Be careful! It was foggy for us, so the gnats were bad!

on Windy Cove

4 months ago

We parked at the north end and headed toward Bayside Cafe for lunch. It was overcast and a bit chilly, but a nice view.

It’s a great walk if coming from Carillo but the No Tresspassing gate makes one go left on a trail that is a boulder scramble. Is the gate valid? It’s closed but not locked.


9 months ago

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

I love this hike and the trail around it, hardly anyone out there this past saturday morning. Fantastic views of the estuary, the rock, the stacks, all up highway one and few of the Morros..Few wildflowers still out hiding..

Sunday, August 20, 2017

One of the first trails I ever hiked in SLO county. Moderate inclines and great views once you get up high enough. Would be a great place to mountain bike, walk dogs or just hike. Loop is fairly long so bring lots of water. There's even a spot where you can rock climb and classes are offered. Right next to the Estuary so it's fairly cool, with occasional dog if you're out there during certain times of the year. Overall a cool hike and recommend it to all age groups.

Good for young mountain bikers. Go left first if biking. You get most of the climbing out of the way early then have some nice, not too rapid descents for most of the rest of the loop around the hill. We didn't do the out and back extension.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

This trail is okay. It's got a lot of different connecting trails so you can do something different each time. There's just no epic high point nor stunning view.

Also, my wife and I have seen a snake both times we've been there. So, there's a 100% chance you'll see one as well!

Monday, May 01, 2017

Ok, this moderate rating needs some clarification. The trail starts off moderately, with a pretty rapid increase in altitude. Enough for a really good warm up for an old guy like me. Then it levels out and is really easy. Once you make the turn North from the Quarry Trail to head up to the Cabrillo Peak someone might post a sign, "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here." Admittedly that is hyperbole. The trail starts with a gradual rise, then severe increase in altitude. Today, after the prolific rains of 2017 much of the trail is nothing more than a steep washed out stream bed. Treacherous. This was an ad hoc hike, and I just decided to get out of town yesterday and head for the coast. The decision to take this hike was made this morning. I brought the wrong shoes. Take good traction hikers. The final bit is frank rock climbing. The views, however, are spectacular from the peak. Getting back down was not a cardio challenge, but still a challenge, especially without appropriate footwear. I had to carefully choose foot placements, and use the staff I found in the Sierras a couple of years ago that lives in my trunk. As I am writing this, looking out from my hotel balcony at the Morro Rock, the cold Pacifico is quite rewarding.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Great hike, however the interpretation of moderate is super easy followed by intensively steep. Great views from the top of Morro rock.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Lot of boulders at the top that give you beautiful views of los osos and morro bay. Loved it

Beautiful view and fun rock climbing at the top!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Monday, March 06, 2017

Last 100ft are rocky, steep and without a visible path. Stay sure-footed, keep 3-points-of-contact and get your ass up there. It's phenomenal.

PS: Pause periodically to stretch on the way down. You're gonna need it. ;)

Sunday, December 18, 2016


Great challenge in little time due to steep trails. Spectacular vitof the bird estuary and bay.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

just had some trouble near the top.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Good hard climbed

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Great trail. We brought our kids, 9 and 11.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

I ended up taking my 2 year old son with me on this hike, so I was limited on where I could go, but still made it to the Quarry. The inclines aren't too terribly difficult, so long as you aren't trying to climb the nearby mountainside. The views of the Estuary were pretty and the fog ended up creeping when I made my way back. Definitely going solo next time and bringing my downhill mountain bike.

Wasn't sure when I first started because of the initial uphill ascent (& being out of shape), but it was excellent and the view was great too.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Not a bad hike. Being an avid Az hiker, this hike took me out of my element a bit, but back to my east coast roots as well. Been used to dirt and cactus, and this hike had more green plants. I wish I would've seen some mention of the possibility of Mountain Lions on this hike, on this site, as I may not have done the hike alone. Luckily there is information about them at the trailhead. I was paying more attention to snakes, but I don't feel like there's a high chance of coming across them on this hike. Enjoy the hike, just be safe while doing so.

Wanted to hike this today with my dog, but all of the signs clearly say No Dogs.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

There are some steep bits and rocks but this is all part of the fun. The trail through the tall grass is narrow and the grass now (April 2016) is up to about 5 feet in places. Each turn in the trail brings something different. We would highly recommend the trails in the Cerro Cabrillo trails as the scenery is absolutely gorgeous. The ocean and the estuary to the west, Tiki Rock, Rock bluffs, geology is very interesting. We saw a brush rabbit, a mouse, plenty of lizards, quail and plenty of other song birds. There are still flowers to be seen: Sticky Monkeyflower, Globe Lilys, California Poppys, Chia, Blue Dicks, Common Goldstar, Milk Vetch, Ferns, Mallow, and the beautiful Sisyrinchium angustifolium. Some of the Sisyrinchium are in pod while some areas still carpeted. Many more flowers and grasses.
Great for hiking, walking, birding, botanizing and enjoy nature. A picnic is a must, just pull up a bit of bare rock or dirt and have a seat, the great outdoors is the entertainment!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

First time hiking this trail- I totally forgot t record it in this app but I did capture the hike on map my run app- oh well next time. I am new to hiking- but not to exercise. My husband and I did the trail and looped around and found ourselves coming out on the west end of the trail then had to take the highway for a short distance back to our car. This made our total hike just under 3 miles. I wouldn't call this an easy trail- but it was on the easy side of moderate in my opinion. The day was beautiful and there were only a couple of people on the trail- probably because we did the hike on a Tuesday in April :)
I would recommend this trail- the plants and the vistas made it totally worth it!! We even spotted a bird I've never seen before :))

Very good trail, although poison oak is starting to take over at the very top of the mountain. Might need to hike up with roundup one of these days

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Had an awesome hike here. Well marked trails, check the map at trailhead or use the live map on all trails to confirm when you get to the splits. You won't get lost but just a matter of miles and comparison to posted hike. Extremely beautiful bring your phone or camera, it is much much better than it looks from the street or parking lot.

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